If you’ve not read Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz, you should do so. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a science fiction fan or someone who’s on the fence about genre fiction. In fact, if you are on the fence, this could be the one to make you fall off.
This is one of the best sci-fi novels out there, on top of being an excellent post-apocalyptic book from a time when they weren’t as hip and cool as they are now. Don’t get me wrong, though. They were still hip.
Here’s a nifty A Canticle for Leibowitz page at Worlds Without End with reviews, an excerpt, a history of the book’s publication, and pictures of some of the novel’s truly amazing covers (the cover included here is one of my favorites).